Dirge of Apocrypha

by Apocryphal

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Psychological Anti-Hero Lead Female Lead Grimdark High Fantasy Magic Martial Arts Multiple Lead Characters Mythos Post Apocalyptic Strategy Strong Lead Supernatural
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Apocrypha is a world plagued by two evils: Remnants and Dark Beasts. Dark Beasts appear in the night to devour anything with a heartbeat, while Remnants are the ones who fight them. Gifted with supernatural powers, some believe these "humans" to be the fated protectors of the world. Unfortunately though, a look at bleak reality quickly crushes that hope...

When there are no Beasts to fight, the Remnants rule the day, oppressing the helpless populace with their strength. The few that don't are ostracised, both by the masses and their peers. Dirge is an unfortunate member of the latter group, and hopes for little more but an end to it all. In the meanwhile, while the world continues to decay, she makes her money hunting others of her kind.

She has lost all empathy for the world, and its inhabitants. For all she cares now, everything can rot.


Warning: Story will contain Horror & Tragedy elements despite lack of the proper tags. Could only pick up to four at max.

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Deathflare Goddess
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Intense & Dark right from the start

Reviewed at: Showdown - Dirge vs Cassidy

Gotta give this five stars across the board because I binged it and was immediately sad there were so few chapters. I'll update this review accordingly as more chapters come, but for now there's some praise I'd like to give. Particularly MC, the lore of the world and the fight scenes.

Lore: The lore of the world is very easily grasped in very few words due to the author's way of writing. A world plagued by monsters when night falls due to some unforseen curse, has devolved everything into a nigh post apocalyptic state. Once proud cities and settlements are now reduced to petty ruins, people live in fear of the dark and thus rarely leave their cities out of fright. Remnants rule everything through fear and strength, and have goon underdogs such as

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So much misery and tyranny excellently displayed in so few chapters, its rather gripping. Though I wonder how it is Cassidy's goons can fight off Dark Beasts since it's said regular bullets and swords don't do anything but piss them off, I'm sure it will get revealed soon enough!

Dirge the MC: By far the strongest point of this story for me, is the MC Dirge. She's something of a rare gem among protaganists that isn't readily seen and I feel the need to praise her. 

For starters, she's not a hero, or even a villain. She's just, a self-destructive calamity. She has no apparent hopes or goals, and is completely broken at the start of the story. Meaning whatever protaganist or antagonist ideals she had before hand were already destroyed before the story even begins. And we are just following the tale of a woman already broken in a post apocalyptic world, whose only real interest revealed so far is her occupation. She hunts and kills her kind, for seemingly no reason other than it gives her money to live because she's not dead enough inside to just kill herself. She's such a cryptic character that even her enemies are trying to figure out why she does what she does, and I can't wait to see her story unfold.

From the moment we meet her, she is already a tragic character that just wants everything to decay and end. She's done with everything and everyone to the point that she may as well be torturing herself with it all. It's a strange paradox of internal conflict that makes her interactions with anyone be they Remnant or human, quite interesting. The badass fight scenes she's in so far are amazingly well done too.

Overall, in a TL;DR, amazing start to a story with a fresh concept. I can't wait to read more! 

Joshua Allen
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My first ever review on RR, giving it to this story as both a kudos to the author and a reward for such a strong start. The 5 stars across the board here a duly deserved IMO. The story immediately hits you with not only a critical glimpse of backstory off the bat, but a vivid , yet simultaneously short scale of how bleak the world of Apocrypha is. So bleak that the MC Dirge herself starts off with a nihilistic mindset. 

Her ideals, hopes, dreams, they're already crushed before we even meet her. She doesn't care anymore , and has just accepted her fate as a Remnant killer until time rots her away. It's a powerful, fresh take on a character, a female MC at that , that is excellently executed IMO. I can't wait to see her character development and more of the world and its lore.

If you love heavy Dark Fantasy, Grimdark, or anything of the similar, I strongly recommend giving the first few chapters a read. I can't wait for more, tbh.

DrRubin
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Descriptive, Grimdark and Intense (Early Review)

Reviewed at: Tempered Steel

Liking it so far. Dirge is a good MC - jaded and done with the world, but at times it shows she hasn't yet lost her entire humanity. I can see a satisfying redemption arc coming our way with her. Side characters are done fairly well so far and I'm assuming we'll see more once Dirge makes some long-term companions or enemies.

Biggest point of critique is that occassionally things get a little too descriptive and could be more concise, but that's a matter of personal preference I guess. Not detracting major points for that, since it is far from a significant issue.

This story definitely deserves more exposure, especially considering its genre being less popular than others.